Mentone Welcomes Fall with Colorfest

Mentone Welcomes Fall with the Annual Colorfest

A two-day celebration filled with free family fun atop Lookout Mountain welcomes the arrival of autumn, cooler temperatures and Mother Nature’s fabulous display of colors. Set for October 19-20, 2019, Colorfest brings together art, music, food and other activities, offering an exciting fun-filled weekend of entertainment for families to enjoy. Hosted by the Mentone Area Preservation Association (MAPA), the annual event has been a Mentone tradition for decades.

On Saturday morning, gates open at 9 a.m. to a display of handmade arts and crafts from approximately 75 talented artists and craftsmen. Vendors will be along North Cool Street on Mentone’s western brow. Festival parking will be available at designated lots for a fee of $5 per vehicle. 

While the annual event focuses on the artisans and their handmade works of art, live music will keep festivalgoers dancing and entertained throughout the weekend. The following schedule is subject to change.

October 19th 

10:00AM Evan Harris
11:15AM  Stuart Douglas
12:30 PM  Lisa Crow and James Roberts
1:45PM Richard Schrei (Native American flute)
3:00PM  The Vegetators (Hillbilly banjo bluegrass)
4:15PM  Pixie & Jerry Bloom

October 20th

11:15AM  Zachary Ray
12:30PM Lydia Randolph
1:45PM  Craig Hendricks
2:30 Drawing
3:00PM Pixie & Jerry Bloom

Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring their appetite. During Colorfest, you will find a array of food vendors offering a variety of festival foods at the brow, but if you really want to get a taste of Mentone, try one of the local restaurants. Wildflower Café’s famous tomato pie, the Green Leaf Grill’s award winning catfish, Mentone Market’s ready made sandwiches, Helena’s Deli burger and fries, Tip Top Bake Shop’s sweet treats and Cones of Mentone’s cool treats. The North Lookout Mountain volunteer fire department will also be hosting their annual barbecue fundraiser.

Festivalgoers can also take part in the huge scavenger hunt throughout the town to win prizes, support local farmers at the Mentone Farmers Market at Town Square and enjoy a stroll through Scarecrow Hollow and admire all of the creatively-crafted scarecrows at Mason Park (next to Town Hall).  

Special activities are also lined up on Friday night with music at the Linger Longer Pavilion at the Mentone Inn. The public is invited to enjoy a free concert by Will Dooley & Company that begins at 7pm. 

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Brow Park is located off of Alabama Highway 117, north at the caution light in Mentone. Admission is free and all activities are held rain or shine. For more information, visit the festival website.

In addition, festivalgoers can enjoy the brilliant colors of the changing riverbanks with a scenic pontoon boat cruise on Little River. The boat will leave from DeSoto Falls about every 45 minutes and travel up river before returning. Each ride costs $15 and should last around 30 minutes.  Kayak and canoe rentals are also available with various launch times throughout each day. 

For information on Colorfest accommodations, visit our lodging page.